Being adopted and having found my birth parents, I have potentially a total of 4 parents, 8 grandparents, 16 great grandparents and 32 great great grandparents on the tree. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to find that I was only missing the name of one ancestor from the 32 great great's - Hannah (2)'s father !
Given their surroundings and probable lifestyle I am more convinced than ever that it wasn't David, who was on the birth certificate, or John from her marriage and death certificates. The most likely scenario is that when Catherine gave birth it would be better and more socially acceptable if she invented a husband, David Wild, and pretend her maiden name was Smith. Maybe this invented name had been forgotten by the time of Hannah's marriage and her father then became a John Wild ?
Either way, we will probably never know as I am convinced that she was born illegitimately. Quite a stigma in those days. Whether we will ever discover the father's identity probably now depends on finding a DNA match with someone to whom we can connect her.
By the late 1800's the area of Kensington where Catherine and her daughter Hannah lived predominantly consisted of laundries. It was estimated that over 70% of women worked as laundresses, washerwomen, manglers and ironers. It was not well paid but at least enabled them to pay their rent.
Records show mostly small in-house laundries with 41 of them in South Row, ten in Kensal Road, four in West Row and two in Middle Row. There were also larger industrial sized laundries including The White Knight Laundry, originally based in Southern Row, a version of which still survives today.